FUEL LEAK SIDELINES CRUZ PEDREGON AND THE ADVANCE AUTO PARTS RACE TEAM IN HOUSTON AFTER WEEKEND PROGRESS (BAYTOWN, Texas): Cruz Pedregon and his Advance Auto Parts Race Team qualified 10th for the NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston (Tex.) ...
FUEL LEAK SIDELINES CRUZ PEDREGON AND THE ADVANCE AUTO PARTS RACE TEAM IN HOUSTON AFTER WEEKEND PROGRESS
(BAYTOWN, Texas): Cruz Pedregon and his Advance Auto Parts Race Team qualified 10th for the NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston (Tex.) Raceway Park this past weekend after getting a handle on tire issues which have plagued many competitors in 2006, falling from the race after a first-round loss to Phil Burkhart Jr. because of a fuel leak.
"I hate to lose a race like that," said a disappointed Pedregon. "We had a good car, and I think we would have been fine, but with the fuel leak, we'll never find out. We had the car setup to run 4.77 or a .78 -- it was capable of running those times. Qualifying was good in the sense that we found out we're a lot closer than we have ever have been with understanding the tire issue. We were really encouraged with Saturday's runs after making some big changes to the car setup, and by Sunday, we felt even better about our chances after some strong runs the day before."
The two-time event winner was philosophical about the weekend's results: "There's quite a few different ways to lose a race and only one way to win. One of the fuel lines didn't get tightened. It was an error on our part as a team, and we are all really disappointed. But we win as a team and lose as a team. We're all human and humans work on cars and also drive them, and sometimes we make mistakes. We'll fix the problem and not let that happen again. We'll move on and focus our attention on running well in Las Vegas next weekend."
In 2005, Cruz Pedregon and the Advance Auto Parts Race Team finished for the second consecutive year in the top 10 in points, was #1 qualifier twice and recorded a career best ET speed of 4.680 seconds at 330.80mph.
NEXT RACE: NHRA Nationals, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, April 6-9, 2006